Los Angeles Times
The deal that won the release of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl was immediately criticized on several grounds: that the five Taliban detainees who were swapped for Bergdahl were too dangerous to release, that the deal granted political legitimacy to the Taliban, and that the Obama administration violated a law requiring notice to Congress 30 days before a prisoner is transferred from Guantanamo. These criticisms were discussed (and mostly discounted) in a June 4 Times editorial posted online.
The questions about this particular soldier’s conduct are separate from our effort to recover any U.S. service member in enemy captivity. — Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.